1st > December > 2004 Archive
US netizens: white, wealthy and full of it - shock!
"The Internet is becoming more and more widespread and will increasingly represent a scientific random sample of the population," claims ICANN's newest board member, Joi Ito. Quite what scientific experiments he will wish to perform, once the desired sample size has been reached, remains a mystery. But like many people who spend too long in front of their computers, he's talking about a Platonic ideal rather than the real world.
Creative unveils 'smallest' MuVo MP3 player
Creative has launched its latest MuVo Flash-based players in the UK: the Micro N200 and V200.
0wn3d in 200 seconds
An unprotected Windows XP machine was breached within four minutes, and became a zombie in less than ten hours, tests conducted by USA Today show. The paper set up six honeypot PCs and monitored the results.
Sony extends native MP3 support to Vaio Pocket
Sony's move to support the MP3 audio format natively on its hard drive-based music players will be extended to the recently released Vaio Pocket device, The Register can confirm.
Microsoft opens India research labs
Microsoft's research arm is opening a lab in India - it's third centre outside the US.
Cabir added to payload of Symbian mobile Trojan
Virus writers have packaged the Skulls mobile Trojan with Cabir to create a more potent threat against Symbian Series 60 smart phones. Vulnerable phones include those from manufacturers such as Nokia, Siemens, Panasonic and Sendo.
Kingston Comms buys Omnetica for £169m
Hull-based telco Kingston Communications is splash out £169m in cash and shares to acquire rival telco Omnetica to help boost its voice and data service to large organisations.
DoCoMo looks abroad for handsets
NTT DoCoMo, Japan's top mobile firm, is looking overseas for new handsets - traditionally the operator has relied on local, Japanese handset makers such as Fujitsu, NEC and Matsushita.
Goodmans readies portable video player
UK budget consumer electronics maker Goodmans is set to launch an updated portable video player early next year.
Apple iTunes adds Band Aid 20 - for 79p
UpdateApple has posted Band Aid 20's single, Do They Know it's Christmas? on its UK iTunes Music Store (ITMS).
Sybase partners with IBM
Sybase has just announced a partnership with IBM to market the former's database on the latter's hardware. If that doesn't make you sit up and take notice then nothing will. Why would IBM, with more than enough databases of its own (at least seven) want to encourage Sybase, of all people?
Cingular signs for 3G
Cingular, the largest mobile operator in the US, has signed Ericsson, Lucent and Siemens to build a 3G network.
World's Biggest Luddite set for London job
The "World's Biggest Luddite" could be getting a cushy job in the UK amid reports that Richard Alston has been fingered for the Aussie post of high commissioner to London.
MOM grows up as DSI takes off
It is fair to say that for the first decade or more of its existence, Microsoft paid comparatively little attention to the manageability of its increasingly diverse range of offerings. Indeed, as the company's products grew in their capabilities they became ever more widely deployed in almost every area of business. However, such expansion was not without its headaches, notably in the considerable effort on the part of skilled IT staff to keep the tools working safely and effectively. Fortunately, over the last few years Microsoft has committed itself to making its software easier, and therefore cheaper, to manage.
Intel next-gen Centrino chipset ships
Intel has begun shipping limited quantities of its 'Alviso' Pentium M notebook chipset ahead of full-scale production on 18 January 2005.
Thales secures broadband access for government
Thales has launched a hardware-based encryption device for broadband connections. The new IP version of its SafeDial+ encryptor PC card is certified by GCHQ to protect information up to the CONFIDENTIAL level. It will enable UK government employees to use broadband out of the office to access sensitive information.
Police cuff 28 in £10m counterfeit haul
Scottish police have arrested 28 in a five-day operation which netted an estimated £10m in counterfeit goods. The dragnet has been hailed as the most successful in Scottish history.
PCCW cautious in UK broadband wireless rollout
One of the key lessons learned from the failure of many broadband wireless services around 2000 was that providers need to avoid the big bang approach. Companies like Winstar and Teligent built far reaching and expensive networks and waited for the customers to turn up, rather than adopting the step-by-step approach favored by more successful ISPs planning for WiMAX.
Merrill Lynch looks to 'killer' Apple home media server
Apple's next "killer" product could be a home entertainment system, investment house Merrill Lynch has claimed.
MS sues resellers for counterfeit certificates
Microsoft is taking action against US resellers who are using dodgy Certificates of Authenticity (COA) to pass off counterfeit software as the real deal.
AMD took bigger slice of x86 server market in Q3
AMD saw its processor market share rise to its highest level in almost three years during Q3, market watcher IDC said this week.
SkillSoft to cut 120 Dublin jobs
US e-learning company SkillSoft is to cut 120 jobs in Dublin in an outsourcing move.
'Dial 9' email (still) a hoax, says watchdog
Net users are being urged to bin an email doing the rounds (yet again) warning them of a premium-rate phone scam. Telephone watchdog, ICSTIS, says its received dozens of calls in the last few days from people concerned that they could be ripped off if they fall for the con.
ISP finds pubic hair in keyboard
A probe into the the nutritional content of the average keyboard has discovered that it contains an unhealthy balance of bread crumbs, crisp fragments, meat, sugar, salt and jam. Worse still, this inadequate diet is supplemented with toe and fingernail clippings, grit, glue and pubic hair.
ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition
ReviewWay back in May I looked at the ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition graphics card. This was ATI's next generation graphics solution, and it took graphics performance to the next level. However, even though the X800 XT PE was a great card, it soon became apparent that no one could buy one. As the days, weeks and months ticked by, finding a retail X800 XT PE didn't become any easier and many potential buyers settled for X800 Pro cards instead, writes Riyad Emeran.
Liquid lenses for camera phones
Camera phones will soon have lenses made from nothing more substantial that a couple of drops of oil and water, but will still be capable of auto focusing, and even zooming in on subjects. So says Etienne Paillard, CEO of French start-up Varioptic.
3G kicks off in Norway
Telenor Mobil today turned on Norway to 3G. The cellco claims launch-day coverage for its UMTS network in "70 cities and densely populated areas", reaching half of Norway's population. It aims to delive full coverage to all areas with more than 200 people by 2007.
BCS says skills beat outsourcing
The British Computer Society says offshoring is now a fact of life but represents an opportunity for UK IT professionals as well as a threat.
Commuting is stressful: official
An HP survey - the actual point of which remains unclear - has deduced that commuting is stressful and therefore bad for you, Making Money reports.
Visa 'fast track' row threatens to engulf Blunkett
David Blunkett's private and public lives collided spectacularly over the weekend, putting his future ministerial career in peril at just about the worst possible moment. Security legislation from Blunkett's Home Office forms the centrepiece of the Government's programme for next year, and will be the central plank of its election campaign; if Blunkett goes on an integrity issue, Tony Blair himself will be dangerously exposed, and will be hard-put to find a replacement with the current Home Secretary's special talents.
Hackers nobble Lycos anti-spam plan
Lycos's vigilante attack on spammers has been hit by a vigilante attack. Spammers are suspected.
RIM ships Blackberry Enterprise Server 4.0
Research in Motion (RIM) has released version 4.0 of its enterprise-oriented server push email software.
Populace asked: Do you like ID cards?
David Blunkett has written to around half a million British voters, canvassing their opinions on the introduction of a national identity card .
Nintendo lauds 500,000 first-week DS sales
Nintendo today ebulliently confirmed reports that the console company has sold more than half a million Nintendo DS handhelds in the US last week.
Home Office defends ID card plans (again)
The UK government today renewed its attack against critics of its ID card proposals. Home Office minister Des Browne MP said opponents are campaigning on a false prospectus based on "myths and misinformation" about its scheme to require every UK resident to have a biometric ID card within eight years or so.
Itanium inventor bobs to surface as chip's savior?
ExclusiveSome start-ups are comprised of wide-eyed wheelers and dealers with little technical expertise. Others have a decent mix of business types and technology talents. Then there are start-ups like Secure64 Software Corp. that have nothing but the richest pedigree of pure, unadulterated genius running through their giddy veins.
Philly sells Pennsylvania to Verizon
When Philadelphia begs, Verizon listens. The telco has given Philly permission to build out a citywide wireless network. However, the deal indirectly blocks other Pennsylvania towns from coming to a similar arrangement. Smaller cities and towns will have to do more than get down on their knees if they want cheap broadband because Philadelphia has sold the rest of the state to Verizon.